Random Music News for Friday, April 15, 2016

Halfway through April. Done your taxes yet? Ponder that whilst you browse through today’s music news.

  1. It was 14 years ago today that Joey Ramone died. Yeah, it’s been that long. (Via Tom)
  2. How a Japanese car brand helped fuel EDM culture.
  3. The director of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” won a special music video achievement award from the Prism Prize people.
  4. New supergroup: members of Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age and At the Drive-In.
  5. How to buy the best turntable and stereo system for your needs.
  6. Bonnaroo is offering a ticket package–a “rock star experience”–for $32,500.
  7. A final summary of the spats at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame event.
  8. Remember the Duggars? Now imagine them doing Christian rap. Oh, yes…
  9. And who briefed Hillary Clinton on what to say during an interview on a hip hop radio station?
  10. Shrek musical: offensive, apparently. (Via Tom)
  11. This hedgehog plays decent jazz on the piano.
  12. There’s a new documentary on the legendary Roland TR-808 drum machine. It’s going to be released in an interesting way.
  13. Here’s a slideshow of some of the most anticipated audio products of the spring. (Via Larry)
  14. Eurovision is about to get weird again. This contestant wants to perform nude with his favourite pet wolf.
  15. Here’s who won what at the East Coast Music Awards.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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